AP Analysis: Desire for coal plants drove legislation

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Pigs became a favorite metaphor as legislators debated proposals clearing the way for two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas and restricting the power of the regulator who's blocked them.

For critics, the coal plants were the pigs.

Extra provisions attached to each of three bills, ``green'' or otherwise, were described alternatively as lipstick, dresses and, finally, a tiara.

Supporters called the final bill the ``Economic Stimulus Act of 2008'' and tied the plants to economic development projects in other parts of the state.

The tactic probably will fail.

Governor Sebelius has all but promised to veto the measure, just as she rejected the two previous ones. Supporters still don't appear to have enough votes to override her in the House.

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